From Farm to Urban Farming, 1850-2013. Using photographs, maps, objects, and first-hand accounts, this exhibit highlights the farms, dairies, nurseries and orchards that dotted Berkeley's land in the early days, and chronicles the continued importance of agriculture today. 1 to 4 p.m. Through Sept. 28. Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St. Free. 510-848-0181, www.BerkeleyHistoricalSociety.org.
Public Transit Labor Town Hall Meeting. KPFA-sponsored live stream educational speak-out forum that includes the voices of transit workers, riders, and researchers about what is happening with our transit systems and how to defend the workers, our communities, and the public. 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31. Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. $5-$10. No one turned away. 510-841-4824, www.bfuu.org.
Author Katrina Alcorn. "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink" is Oakland local Katrina Alcorn's account of her attempt to have it all, her subsequent breakdown and the realization that she was not alone. She'll be joined by MomsRising.org co-founder Joan Blades. 7 p.m. Sep. 3. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.workingmomsbreak.com.
Music + Poetry in the Redwoods. Berkeley poets Keith Ekiss, Jennifer Foerster and Tess Taylor share their words, converse with live classical musicans, and create an interactive atmosphere underneath towering redwoods. Picnics encouraged. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sep. 4. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Dr. $5-$10. 510-643-2755, events.berkeley.edu.
Research on Transcendental Meditation. Bill Firestone, who holds a degree in physiology and has been a research associate at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has been teaching TM since 1976 and will review some of the salient research on TM and give an overview of its benefits and how it differs from other practices. 7:30 p.m. Sep. 4. Northbrae Community Church, Haver Hall, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. $5 suggested. 510-526-3805, www.northbrae.org.
Author James Conaway. Author, journalist, and a regular contributor to Food & Wine Magazine, James Conaway shares his witty and delectable novel "Nose," a vinous adventure through Northern California's wine country. 7 p.m. Sep. 5. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.